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SURFING KUTA LOMBOK

Kuta Lombok is a great launchpad for exploring the rest of the island.  With a variety of world-class waves and an incomparable landscape, Lombok is one of the most beautiful surf destinations you’ll find in Indo.  As a result of its accessible locale, Kuta has become a tourist destination in its own right. The surf in Kuta is not as well known as some of the other breaks in the area which makes it a great place to enjoy an empty line-up.  All in all, Kuta is a great place to start your adventures in lombok before moving on to some of the more legendary waves on the island.

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SURFING CONDITIONS

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What kind of wave is Kuta Lombok?

Many people may confuse Kuta Lombok with Kuta Bali but rest assured they are on two completely different islands.  Kuta Lombok breaks best during the wet season as tradewinds during the dry season tend to leave the line-up choppy and relatively un-surfable.  The reef outside of Kuta Lombok opens up to a fun, long, and clean left reef break. On the inside, you’ll occasionally see a few rights that pop up under peak conditions.  Great for surfers of all abilities if you are with someone that knows the spot well. Kuta Lombok is a great place to get your feet wet before moving east towards Gerupuk or west towards Desert Point.

    • Wave type:

      Reef break

    • Wave difficulty:

      Beginner upwards

    • What way does the wave break:

      Left & Right

    • Sea bottom:

      Reef

       

  • Booties:

    Personal preference

  • Surfboard type:

    Shortboard or Longboard

  • Crowd factor:

    Crowd? None here!

  • Hazards:

    Open Ocean – Go with a local the first few times!

    • Best swell direction:

      SE

    • Best wind direction:

      NE

    • What tide does it work best on:

      Mid to high

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      Rising

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Consistent in the wet season

  • Best time of year for waves:

    Wet Season; October – April

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Mellow to non-existent

  • What other names does Kuta Lombok go by?

     

How do you get in and out of the surf?

By boat or SUP, otherwise, the paddle out is a long one!

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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What is the beach like?

The break at Kuta Lombok is a ways off of the beach but on the beach, you’ll find open white sand surrounded by some exposed rock and tidepools at low tide and shallow reef ripe for exploring with your snorkel mask and fins.  A great place for a family day at the beach in between boat rides to the reef.

Where should I stay?

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Cheapest Price Range – Mimpi Manis Homestay

It is a bit inland from the beach, however, the chances of you actually surfing at Kuta Lombok are slim compared to the higher quality of nearby surf breaks, therefore, you will be commuting to other nearby breaks most of the time. As far as accommodation in Kuta Lombok goes Mimpi Manis is a long-standing homestay with the best hosts you can find in Lombok. Perfect if it is your first trip to Kuta Lombok.

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Cheapest Price Range – Kuta Bay Homestay

Kuta Bay Homestay is one of the cheapest surf accommodations you’ll find in the area.  Your priority may be access to the surf, or it may be affordability. Either way, Kuta Bay Homestay is your place.  A 5-minute walk from the beach, you can enjoy ocean views from the front porch of your homestay at around $9/night. A great place to save your cash for the scooter that will open up all of Lombok’s breaks and natural wonders to your next adventure.  

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Affordable Price Range – Family Beach Hotel

It can be tough to have the perfect surf trip with your spouse and kids in tow.  Family Beach Hotel allows a comfortable and affordable place to stay for travelling families, groups and couples.  Just steps from the sand, you can keep an eye on the break at Kuta Lombok from your hotel room. Not to mention accessibility to other breaks in the area.  Your family will love dinner on your veranda overlooking Lombok’s natural wonders and waves in the distance.

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Mid Price Range – Martas Windows

Martas is a step up from your typical surf accommodation in Kuta Lombok.  A 20-minute walk or 5-minute scooter ride will take you to Kuta Beach. There is a small beach and boat launch along the way where you might be able to hail a boat driver if the surf is firing.  Marta’s Windows is outfitted with private shaded and open gardens surrounding a pool with mixed modern architecture. While it may not be a selling point, the open concrete polished showers are a great place to rinse off after a surf, with a friend.

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Luxury Price Range – Harmony Villas

Harmony Villas is a step up in luxury in the form of carved imported marble bungalows woven together by a canal-like swimming pool.  As far as proximity to surf, it’s about a 5-minute walk. A great place for large groups or travelling families looking for extra privacy and don’t mind shelling out extra cash for it.  If your planning on spending more of your time in the room than searching Lombok for surf, this might be your spot. Otherwise, save some cash and rent a moped.

Is there food nearby?

Sushi K – It’s never a bad idea to dive into seafood when you’re as close to the ocean as Kuta Lombok.  While the competition is slim in regards to sushi dining options in Kuta Lombok, the quality is uncompromising.  About a 10-minute walk from the beach, it’s a good option if you need to feed your sushi craving. Pro tip: order rolls that include local fish, otherwise you may occasionally get skimped depending on how recently the last barge arrived.  

Sapori – Who doesn’t love a big pizza after a full day of surfing?  Sapori is a quick 10-minute walk from Kuta beach and offers authentic Italian dishes, woodfire pizza, and excellent desserts.  One drawback: no booze. If you want a drink they may be able to grab it for you next door depending on how much they have it stock.  Regardless, Sapori is an easy meal that won’t break the bank and allows you to spread out over two stories for added seclusion.

What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?

The Local Sunday Market in Kuta Lombok is a great place to soak in the culture of Lombok.  You’ll find just about any fresh fruit, vegetable, fish, or spice that you could imagine.  The people are kind, welcoming, and game for a good haggle. A great place to search for souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, or people watch.   

Mana Yoga Studio is a great place to recover from days spent in the barrel, grab a bite to eat, or crash.  A calm and relaxed atmosphere hangs over a well-manicured tropical garden, private pool, and shady thatch bungalows.  You’ll often find yogis hanging poolside, slacklining, or snoozing in the shade. It’s a bit of a hike at 30 minutes walking from the beach, but great for a rest day before heading back out in the line-up.  

Mimpi Manis Kuta Lombok Fishing TripDeep Sea fishing in classic Indo fashion.  You’ll head out past the reef in a small panga turned trimaran using an added extension of PVC pipe for pontoons.  An incredible place to head out to sea and experience the wildlife of the Indian Ocean. Made, the fishing guide is kind, knowledgeable, and good company out on the water.  If you love fresh seafood, and you’re in for an adventure, Mimpi Manis Kuta Lombok is a great place to start.

What else do I need to know?

Kuta Lombok is a great place to start or end your trip before heading off to other islands in South Asia.  That being said, there’s epic surf too and incredible views to be found on Lombok. Before you leave, be sure to head out around the island if for nothing more than to take in the scenery.  

LOCATION

Where is Kuta Lombok?

The coastal town of Kuta Lombok is located in the middle of the southern coastline of the Lombok.

How to get around?

Kuta Lombok has fairly good quality sealed roads that are wider and more open with less traffic than the rest of Indonesia, therefore, it is a breeze to get around by scooter or car. You will find the odd pothole filled with cement which makes for a common obstacle to avoid on your scooter.

Is there parking fees?

Generally, you won’t find any parking fees in Kuta Lombok with wider streets and an abundance of space parking up your scooter has never been easier.

How to get to there?

Step 1: From Lombok International Airport head south on Jalan Bypass Bandara International Lombok for approximately 2 km.

Step 2: Then take Jalan Kuta Lombok and continue south for 14 km.

Step 3: Turn right onto Jalan Raya Kuta and continue 2 km south until you arrive into the heart of Kuta Lombok.